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Auston Matthews makes decision on returning to lineup for game 7

Published May 4, 2024 at 9:43

Through the first six games of their series against the Bruins, the Leafs squad has been greatly wounded. William Nylander missed the first few games with injury, and Auston Matthews has been playing injured and absent as well. But today, more positive signs emerged for number 34.

Auston Matthews is on the ice for morning skate today along with the rest of the team, which hasn't been the case in previous games where he's sat out entirely. In the last two games, Matthews skated before and after morning skate with the team, not joining them. It's an extremely positive sign for a potentially huge return to the lineup in game 7. Still though, Matthews official status heading into the game is currently ‘undetermined.'

Even his entrance into TD Garden was a positive sign for Matthews being healthy enough to play. He's travelling with the team, and looking fine enough while skating in practice.

Additionally, Leafs forward Bobby McMann was also spotted with the main group for the first time today, also suggesting a return could be imminent for him as well. These are positive signs for the Leafs roster being near full health for game 7, but still nothing is official - it could even still be mind games from coach Sheldon Keefe.

The Leafs and Bruins series will be decided tonight at 8:00 in a classic matchup. It doesn't get better than this!
May 4   |   104 answers
Auston Matthews makes decision on returning to lineup for game 7

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